Boro expecting biggest crowd of the season for ‘Spirit of Teesside’ match

By this morning well over 16,000 tickets had been snapped up for the televised match against against Doncaster Rovers on Friday night.

Boro are expecting their biggest crowd of the season for tomorrow night’s ‘Spirit of Teesside’ game.

Strong ticket sales have been reported throughout the week as fans take advantage of special prices throughout the Riverside Stadium of just £12 for adults and £7 for concessions.

By this morning well over 16,000 tickets had been snapped up for the match against against Doncaster Rovers.

The previous best crowd this season is the 17,223 for the opening games against Leicester City.

The Generation Red Family Zone in the East Stand is now full and family fans who are yet to buy tickets are advised to buy in the South Stand Blocks 56 and 57, then 59 and 61, where mascots and flags will be available in the concourses.

Free Spirit of Teesside badges are being handed out with every ticket bought.

The club has been inundated with requests for the badges and they are being given to fans who are struggling to attend, as well as those who can be there to cheer the team on the night.

“The badges have proved extremely popular,” said head of supporter services Anthony Emmerson.

“We’re delighted to see many supporters all over the world have been adding them to their Twitter and Facebook profiles.

“We know that even though they can’t all be there to support the team at every game, they’re still very much behind us. That’s what the Spirit of Teesside is all about.”

Retired workers from the key steel, chemicals and shipbuilding industries will join representatives of a wide range of organisations from across the area as guests in the Middlehaven Suite, which will be renamed The Spirit of Teesside Suite for the night.

They will include representatives from education, the emergency services, charities, health, junior football, business, local authorities, community groups and trade unions.

Recognition will also be given to Champions who have epitomised the Spirit of Teesside through their actions and achievements.

In addition, match tickets will be given to apprentices from Middlesbrough-based TTE Technical Training Group – a charitable organisation that supports some 600 youngsters through apprenticeships each year.

The Spirit of Teesside theme is inspired by the words of Boro chairman Steve Gibson who said: “The Spirit of Teesside is in its people and we want to harness that spirit to inspire the team in the way we all know it can.”

Tickets are on sale in person at the Riverside and Captain Cook Square ticket offices, by phone on 0844 499 1234 and online at www.mfc.co.uk .

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